The 15th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa was held from July 25-26, here at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Addis Ababa. The conference, organized by St. Mary’s University, in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, the African Association of Universities, the African Union Commission, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, UNESCO/IICBA and the International Network for Higher Education in Africa, had paper presenters from Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. Opened by H.E. Dr Samuel Kifle, State Minister of Education, FDRE, welcoming remarks at the conference were made by Wondwosen Tamrat, Assoc. Prof, Founder and President of St. Mary’s University; Etienne .E. Ehile, Prof, Secretary General of the AAU, represented by Jonatan Mba, Prof., Executive Director of the AAU, and Yomiko Yokozeki, PhD, Director for International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa, IICBA/UNESCO.

In tune with the theme of the conference, Ensuring Quality through Public-Private Partnership/Regional Integration, the key note speakers were: Eva-Egron-Polak, PhD, Executive Director, International Association of Universities; Damtew Tefera, Prof, Founding Director, International Network for Higher Education in Africa, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa; and Laura Rumbley, PhD, Associate Director, Center for International Higher Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, USA.

Close to 300 participants attended the conference where 22 papers were presented. In addition to the papers, a high-level panel, which dwelt on the Role of Public-Private Partnership for Quality Higher Education, engaged participants in heated discussion. The conference organizers appreciated the Ethiopian Airlines for sponsoring the event.